F80 M3 Sedan Tri-turbo Powered M3 Spied Winter Testing
With the 328i and 335i F30 3 series sedans fully to market and available at a dealer near you the next exciting 4 door news is the F80 M3 Sedan. Breaking from BMW M tradition the next generation M3s will each get their own "F" code. BMW M Brand manager Matt Russel explained that M cars now have 80% or greater parts differentiation from their non-M base car. With that in mind it made sense to split the M cars into their own F code.
The F30 3 sedan will be the F80 M3, the F31 wagon won't get an M version, the F32 3 coupe will be the F82 M3, the F33 3 convertible will be the F83 M3.
Despite a change to 80% or greater of the parts the F80 M3 will share much of the exterior look of the F30 3 series sedan. The wide headlights that connect all the way to the central grills, the steeply slopping hood line, doors, etc. But look for wider fenders, bigger wheels, huge brakes, side vents and of course the quad M exhaust.
As this is just a test mule BMW isn't ready to reveal all the details yet. Specifically you can see the standard F30 mirrors, the M3 mirror design is still under wraps. What else is BMW keeping under wraps? Perhaps most noticeably missing from this test mule is the M Power dome. Have fuel economy and pedestrian safety laws caused the demise of the M Power dome? We'll have to wait and see.
What we do know with 95% certainty is the power plant for this beast. BMW M has taken a liking to inline 6 with triple turbos! Using similar technology from the recently launched BMW M Performance Autos Diesel engines that are also inline 6 cylinder triple turbos. Loosely based on the N54/N55 architecture but with more turbo power and advanced engine management 430hp and equal amounts of torque sound about right to me
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